| Thursday January 21 2010 2:42 am | Comments (22)

settings-privacy settings-privacy-microphoneUPDATE: iOS 7 Recording Issue FIX
Some users have reported not being able to record once they upgrade to iOS 7. To fix this:

1. Go to Settings >> Privacy >> Microphone
2. Turn on Rehearsal’s option to allow the microphone to be accessed.
(click on either image to enlarge)

You should now be able to record. You may need to quit and restart the app.

Recording A Scene

There are as many ways of learning lines as, well, actors. but most of them are repetitious in nature. That is, you either speak and then listen back to your lines over and over, you write them down over and over, or you move through the script over and over and magically the words are committed to memory.

With Rehearsal, we’ve given you several ways to rehearse with your lines. As you’ll see later, the rehearsal sessions will include visually tying the lines to your recordings of them. Use Rehearsal however you want, but the following method has been designed specifically to the best practices we’ve found in surveying working actors and acting coaches.

We’re going to use a technique that David Lawrence likes to call “dialogue minus one,” in honor of the old Music Minus One instrument practice records. This was a set of records out at one time that allowed you to practice your instrument with a real orchestra, playing all the parts of a classical piece, minus the instrument you were practicing. For example, if you were learning the violin, the orchestra played the entire piece, without any lead violin. You would play along with the recording, and once you got the tempo, the notes, the attack and so on just right, you sounded as if you were part of the orchestra. With practice, you ended up fitting right in, and we’re going to do the same thing with every scene you create and rehearse with in Rehearsal.

Side note: the 1973 album by Albert Brooks, featuring Georgie Jessel, called Comedy Minus One, was a similar album – if you told the jokes just right, and your timing was perfect, Albert and Georgie appeared to be having a comedic conversation with you – and even the audience would laugh and applaud at just the right time. It’s available at Amazon, and it’s one of the inspirations for Rehearsal.

So, here’s the process for recording your lines in Rehearsal:

Highlight your lines. If you’re one of those actors who doesn’t like to highlight your lines, that’s cool. Rotate your screen to your desired orientation: portrait or landscape. Portrait gives you more of the script to work with per screen, and landscape lets you see the script in larger type.

Notice the round red circle at the very left of the bottom menu bar. That’s the Record button, which once recording begins, will be lit. Tap the Record button. You’ll hear ADR beeps that let you get set to record your scene. You can use the same cadence you use when doing ADR work: beep-beep-beep-speak. When you’re finished with the scene, you’ll be tapping the Record button again to stop the recording.

Hold your device where you can comfortably see the script. You don’t have to have it right next to your mouth to make a clean recording. Holding it as if you were texting or reading email works just fine.

Read ALL the lines (yours AND the other characters’), but read your lines at half volume compared the other characters’ lines. You’ll find that when you rehearse with this scene later, you’ll still be able to hear your lines if you need to; then, once you know them, you’ll be able to talk over them without competing with them volume wise.

Read all the way to the end of that particular scene:

If you make a mistake at any time during the course of the recording, you can always stop the recording and start over, or if the mistake was made during another character’s line, you can ignore it. It’s your lines you want to learn cold.

Finished? Tap the Record button again to stop the recording.

Once you stop the recording, you’ll immediately see a dialog box slide into place with a preloaded name for your scene:

You can change that, or leave it the way it is – Rehearsal will change the name of the scene for every new scene you do. Name your scene, then save it, or, if you’d like to record it again, cancel the Name and Save process.

(And before we go any further, there will come a time when you want to delete a scene from your collection. Here’s how: From the main menu, tap on My Scenes. Tap the Edit button in the upper right hand corner, then tap the red Delete circle to the left of the name of the scene you want to delete. Then confirm by tapping on the Delete button that appears to the right of the scene.)

And that’s it. The moment you’re finished recording your script, you can begin rehearsing with it. Later, as you find new ways to deliver certain lines, you can create virtually unlimited new versions of scenes, naming them Scene 1, version 7 and the like. But let’s rehearse with what we’ve got now.

You can also use this feature to respond to voiceover auditions – see how in the Voicework section of this manual.

Next: Rehearse


  1. Comment by Allison — February 14, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    So’ we can only record for one script? I have several scripts that I’m working on, but it will only save one recording at a time.

  2. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 14, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    I’m not sure what you’re trying to do, but you’re able to record as many takes in as many scenes for as many scripts as there is capacity on your device. I’m currently working two shows over the next two weeks, and have 4 auditions I’m prepping for, all of which have multiple rehearsal audio takes, all stored, organized by script, under My Scenes. If you can describe for me what you are trying to do, I can help. Please look at the help videos built into the app.

  3. Comment by Nyumorningdew — March 8, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    If I misnamed a recording, how can I edit the name? This may sound silly, but I have a piece with over 5 monologues and I managed to number them all incorrectly! It’s more an inconvenience/confusion that I’d like to rectify…thanks!

  4. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — March 8, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    Currently, you can’t rename recordings – we will be adding that to a future rev.

  5. Comment by Tom Bower — April 4, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I lose the recording every time I close off the iPad. How do I save recordings?

  6. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 4, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    As long as you properly stop the recording by tapping the record button when you’re finished, then name it (or simply tap Done to accept the proposed name), it is saved as a recorded scene in My Scenes. You can confirm this by playing it back as soon as you are returned to the script by tapping the play button on the right. It is also accessible at any time in the future by tapping on My Scripts from the main menu.

    If’ you’re in LA and you’d like a run-through on the app in person, let me know – I’m happy to do so.

  7. Comment by Elizabeth Oakes — July 11, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Feature request: it would be really helpful for us voiceover peeps to have a timer function show for the recording function….thanks!

  8. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — July 12, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    Great suggestion – remember that if you’re slating your takes, that you take that into consideration when you watch the time – it will a second or so more than what you’re looking for.


  9. Comment by Bradley — July 11, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    Hey David. Wondering if it’d be possible to build in a ‘pause’ function into the playback for recordings. You can certainly pause by catching the progress bar as it moves along during payback but a dedicated pause button would be really helpful. The very best way I’ve found to memorize lines is a slight variation of what you suggest. For years, I’ve kept a mini-cassette recorder on hand for theatre, film, and tv work. I’ll record the other characters’ lines all in one go and hit the pause button during playback to speak my lines. It forces me not only to know my cues cold, but also allows me to vary my timing as I rehearse. What’s more, I’m replicating as closely as possible the conditions in which I’ll be performing — listening to the other characters’ dialogue, knowing when to speak, and rehearsing my lines without any other help from reading or hearing my own dialogue. Let me know what you think and thanks!

  10. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — July 12, 2011 @ 11:27 pm


    Already on the slate for the next major revision – great minds think alike!


  11. Comment by Richard — September 3, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    Hi, I agree with the need to pause playback, and the desire to rename scenes, and would like to add another feature request: I’d like to be able to reorder my recorded scenes. Currently they appear in the list in reverse order of how I recorded them, an odd choice and also WRONG. 🙂 Thanks
    This app is potentially awesome — keep it up.

  12. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 3, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    We actually asked our users, long before you were a user, and that’s what they preferred, and as some actors record dozens of versions of their scenes, and sometimes are working on multiple scripts at once, they wanted the latest recordings at the top of the list. But, we also have plans to add all of your requests in the next rev.

  13. Comment by Richard — September 3, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    Thanks! I stand humbled by the ancient wisdom of those who went before me. I have another (completely outrageous) request that would be mind-blowingly cool. I know you suggest recording my lines quietly and the other characters loudly. I would like to be able to record two tracks per scene: MINE and OTHERS. In my imagination, I would record OTHERS, with spaces, then while playing OTHERS I could record MINE into the gaps. Then I could play either or both, effectively creating an audio “blackout” feature for when I know my lines better. I have no idea how you would do this and maybe it’s impossible, but I like to dream. In the meantime I simply record without my lines and leave quiet spaces. Good enough!
    Looking forward to the next version — you have the best app out there for this purpose. I appreciate the up-front $20 tag instead of a nickel-and-dime approach personally — perhaps you could give others who complain their choice of pricing.

  14. Comment by Richard — September 3, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Oooh, you could add folders for scenes, too, to allow those “dozens of versions” people to organize their stuff better. My needs are humbler currently.

  15. Comment by AR — September 5, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Hi David! Just started using Rehearsal and can’t seem to get the recording function to work. After pressing the record button and hearing the beeps, I get an error message stating “error starting recording”. I’ve checked my mic, sound levels, reset my iPad, but still not working. Couldn’t find anything in the help section… Thoughts?

    UPDATE: Deleted and re-imported the script and it works now.

  16. Comment by Sanny — November 17, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    At the rate i am going I should be getting a commission 🙂 I have not prepped a single audition since I have this app back in june 2013- and have passed it along to a good 20 friends already!!! Good job- and thank you!!!! I have a question though- when uploading a whole script- is there a way to break it down into scenes? I have about 60 pages to learn in a very short period- and am trying to figure out how to break it down as the script itself is a pdf that I cannot change- THANK YOU!

  17. Comment by Michael — September 25, 2016 @ 11:38 pm

    You should have a button that you hold down to indicate when you are reading your lines so that you can play back your recording with or without your lines. It would be just like being able to black out your highlighted lines except with your audio. The ‘record your lines at half volume’ is a clunky way to do this.

  18. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 4, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

    Thank you for offering your suggestions.

  19. Comment by Michael — September 25, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

    There are $0-5 dollar apps that have this basic functionality, it seems crazy this $20+ app can’t delineate your lines from your partner’s in the recording.

  20. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 4, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

    Good luck with those other apps, Michael. Whatever works for you.

  21. Comment by Michael — October 26, 2016 @ 10:02 am

    Do I have to re-record my lines for each device?

  22. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 4, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    Not if you’re using Rehearsal® Pro – that’s one of the big reasons we created it.

    Here’s a help page that shows you how:

RSS feed. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment